Psychosocial Projects

Psychosocial Programs

1997-Present Founding Director: International Trauma Studies Program Independent Training and Research Institute, New York, NY
1999-Present Founding Director: REFUGE – Refugee Community Resource Centre New York State Not-for-Profit organisation Member: National Consortium of Torture Treatment Programs, New York, NY
1999-Present Co-Founder and Coordinator: Theater Arts Against Political Violence, New York, NY
1989-Present Group Private Practice Psychologist: Family and Brief Therapy Associates, New York, NY
2002-2016 Co-Founder and Advisory Board Member: African Refuge West African Community Center, Staten Island, NY
2001-2004 Founding Director: Downtown Community Resource Centre Post 9/11 Community Mental Health project in Lower Manhattan, New York University Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, New York, NY
1995-1998 Co-Founder and Clinical Director: Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY
1994-1996 Director: Family Crisis Intervention Program Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, Elizabeth General Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ
Teaching and Training Programs

2015-2016 Visiting Professor in Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research Department of Psychology, New York, NY
2015 Co-Director and Faculty, Teachers College, Columbia University Summer Institute in Global Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, New York, NY
2015-2017 Core Faculty, Center for Narrative Practice, Boston, MA
2012-present International Coordinator and Faculty Trauma Studies Program, Department of Clinical Psychology, Bilgi University, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 Faculty, European Graduate School Program in the Arts, Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, Saas Fe, Switzerland
2010-Present Class Lecturer, Columbia University
  • Department of Psychiatry, Resident Training Program
  • Program in Narrative Medicine Columbia University Medical Centre
  • Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability – Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Human Rights Advocate Program – Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  • Global Mental Health Seminar, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Teacher’s College Global Mental Health Seminar
  • Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
2005-2017 Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
1991-Present Faculty, Norwegian Institute for the Expressive Arts Therapies, Oslo, Norway
2000-2005 Faculty, Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative Family and Community Based Mental Health Services American Family Therapy Academy and University of Pristina, Kosovo
1998-2005 Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry New York University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
1998 Faculty, Open Society Institute East Europe Program in Child Abuse, European University, Budapest, Hungary
1997 Consultant/Faculty US Immigration and Naturalization Services, Interviewing Survivors of Traumatic Human Rights Abuses, Asylum Officers Basic Training Course, Brunswick, GA
1993-1998 Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical Training and Supervision in Family Therapy New York University Child Studies Center, Family Studies Unit, New York University School of Medicine.
Other Professional Activities

2017-present Consultant to Stress and Resilience Taskforce, Human Rights Watch, New York City
2017 Co- Facilitator, Sustainable Human Rights Practice, Collaborative Project with Human Rights Organizations
2017-2018 Director, Community Engagement Training Program, Mental Health Service Corps, New York City Department of Health And Mental Hygiene
2016-2018 Co- Director, Staff Stress Management Training Program, Mental Health Service Corps, New York City Department of Health And Mental Hygiene
2016-2017 Expert in Residence, Civic Hall Labs, New York City Tech innovation and Health/Mental Health Promotion
2013-2017 Faculty Mentor, Human Rights Advocates Program, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University
2010-present Associate, Antares Foundation, Amsterdam
Research Programs

2011-2014 University of Sydney, Enhancing Human Rights Protections in the Context of Law Enforcement and Security (Torture Prevention Research Project), Sri Lanka and Nepal
2010-2014 International Trauma Studies Program, NY, Principle Investigator, Promoting Community Resilience in the Aftermath of Mass Trauma
2009-2012 • INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) at the University of Ulster, Methods for assessing cross-cultural comparison of psycho-social and peace-building programs: Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Mozambique, Guatemala. Northern Ireland, Palestine.
• International Development Research Center, New Delhi, India
2003 Principle Investigator, Downtown Community Resource Center, New York University
2002 • International Trauma Studies Program at NYU, NYU Center on Catastrophe Preparedness and Response, Project Liberty- Federal Emergency Management Agency
• New York Times Company Foundation 9/11 Grant
2001 • Principle Investigator, Ground Zero Community Initiative – International Trauma Studies Program
• New York Times Company Foundation 9/11 Grant
2001 Refugee Family and Community Resilience Project- Refuge
• United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture
2000-2005 Research Team Member, Kosovar Family Professional Education Collaborative
• Service Based Training Program, Jewish Consortium for Support to Kosovo American Joint Distribution Committee
2001-2008 Metro Area Support for Survivors of Torture Consortium (MASST), (Refuge with Safe Horizon, Doctors of the World, International Institution of New Jersey)
  • Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Department of Health and Human Services Category 5 Training Grant
  • Torture Victims Relief Act Grant